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Artificial Trans Fats Are No Longer Necessary, Should Be Banned

November 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Advanced technological societies no longer need synthetically produced trans fats, nutrition experts say, and the U.S. FDA was correct in urging that they be removed from the American diet. Trans fatty acids, made by infusing vegetable oils with hydrogen, were helpful at one time because the process increases shelf life and makes products like margarine more like butter. But now, because eliminating trans fats from the Western diet would prevent 10,000 to 20,000 heart attacks and as many as 7,000 heart disease deaths a year, they should be banned.
Henry Pownall et al., "New FDA Proposal Trying to Eliminate Trans Fat", News release, Houston Methodist , November 11, 2013, © Pownall et al.
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